Saturday, August 26, 2023

SVP Casting Call Alert: "It's a Wonderful Life"



Valley Players


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Auditions at SVP

It's a Wonderful Life


Audition Dates

Sunday, September 10th, at

6:00 PM


Wednesday, September 13th, at 7:00 PM


At SVP Theatre


Synopsis: It’s a Wonderful Life is an adaptation of Frank Capra’s masterpiece film. This is the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been squashed by family obligations and civic duty, and whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair, and to remind him – by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born – that he has had, after all, a wonderful life.



Performance Dates:

December 1st through December 17th

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday


*** A special matinee performance will also take place at 2 pm on Saturday, December 9th, in addition to the scheduled 8 pm performance. ***


Produced by: Paula Windus & Joan Wagner

Directed by: Emily M. Muller


The Director is seeking the following:


10+ Males (Ages 30+)

5+ Females (Ages 30+)

2 to 4 Youth Male (Ages 8-14)

2 to 4 Youth Females (Ages 8-12) 


Character Gender/Age Range Description


George Bailey (M 40ish) The hero of our story


Clarence Oddbody (M 40s+) An Angel, Second Class, trying to earn his wings


Mary (Hatch) Bailey (F 35-ish) George’s wife, she is his rock


Joseph (M 40s+) Clarence’s mentor (voice, mic-d off stage)


Henry Potter (M 50s+) The villain of the story


Mother Bailey (F 60s) George’s and Harry’s mother


Uncle Billy (M 57-ish) George’s uncle, works at the Bailey Bldg and Loan, very forgetful


Tilly (F 30s+) works at the Bailey Bldg and Loan


Ernie (M 30s-40s) George’s friend, a cabdriver


Bert (M 30s-40s) George’s friend, a police officer


Mr. Gower (M 50s+) The town pharmacist


Harry Bailey (M 30s) George’s younger brother


Violet Bick (F 30s) Friend of George’s, has a crush on George


Reineman (M 30s+) Mr. Potter’s assistant


Peter Bailey (M 60s) George’s father


Ensemble (30s+) 1-11 various roles which may be doubled


Young George Bailey (M 13-14)


Young Mary Hatch (F 10-12)


Young Harry Bailey (M 10-12)


Young Violet Bick (F 10-12)


Peter Bailey II (M 13-14) George and Mary’s son, may be doubled with young George


Janie Bailey (F 11-12) George and Mary’s daughter, may be doubled with young Violet


Tommy Bailey (M 8-10) George and Mary’s son, may be doubled with young Harry


Zuzu Bailey (F 8-10) George and Mary’s daughter, may be doubled with young Mary



Readings will be from the script. Sides will be available at auditions.


Yes, this production is very much like the movie.


Please bring a resume and a headshot, if you have them.

It is not necessary to come to both audition dates.


The Director will schedule 2-3 rehearsals per week, Sunday – Wednesday,

based on best cast availability on the following dates: September 18 – November 30. Not all cast will be called for all rehearsals in the beginning, as we work on individual scenes.


Please be prepared to list your potential rehearsal conflicts on your audition form.


** Rehearsals will be mandatory starting the week of November 12.

Rehearsals will be 7:15 – 9:15 pm, until mid-November, when they will likely go later. All tech week rehearsals and all performances are mandatory, including Tech Sunday. Please note that Tech Sunday is November 26, which is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Rehearsal will likely begin at 2 pm on Tech Sunday.


Somerset Valley Players are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Non-descript roles are available to all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis. 




The theatre is Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.


Theater Location

689 Amwell Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Telephone: 908-369-7469



Mailing Address

601 Route 206

Suite 26-216

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.